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AAIM for Sober Driving December 21, 2009

Posted by Janet Hughes in People reaching the stars.
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No drink is worth it!

Did you know 39% of car crashes that killed people were alcohol related?

Thanks to the non-profit group Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM), there is a great resource available to help both the victims and offenders.

Founded in 1982 by families who had lost loved ones due to drunk driving crashes, AAIM is a citizen action group dedicated to the fight against drinking and driving.  AAIM is committed to prevention by educating the public about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Consider these startling facts from AAIM’s website:

  • Alcohol is a depressant that affects the body by slowing down the central nervous system.
  • All states have .08 illegal BAC laws.  (Blood Alcohol Concentration)
  • At .08, a driver is three times more likely to be involved in a car crash than a sober driver and 11 times more likely to be killed in a single-vehicle crash.
  • More than 1.4 million drivers of all ages were arrested for DUI.
  • Alcohol is the number one drug problem for youth.
  • Drunk driving is a leading cause of death among Americans aged 5 to 28.

Highlights of AAIM’s efforts include:

AAIM also awards $100 to tipsters who report erratic driving to police that leads to drunk driving arrests. Check out AAIM’s Drunkbusters Program here.

Pat Larson, director of victim services and Charlene Chapman, executive director at the 2009 AAIM annual benefit

Thank you, AAIM, for all you do to stop needless pain and suffering.

Your courage and strength is making a difference in the lives of so many people.

May 2010 be filled with sober drivers, safe roads, and lots of success to AAIM’s great cause.

For further information, please visit the AAIM website here.

Remember:   If you drink, don’t drive.
If you drive, don’t drink!

This post is dedicated to two special people I met at the 2009 AAIM benefit:  a mother who lost her 8-year-old son to a drunk driver and a man who drove drunk with tragic results yet turned his life around anyways.  Many hugs to you for your courage, strength, and willingness to share your story.  You’re a hero…

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible. —Anonymous